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  600   Thu Apr 13 16:42:21 2017 Christian FarinaStand-alone Time Calibration for PSI Board

Hello everybody,

I was trying to create a stand-alone program that would perform a time calibration on the board. My goal would be the following.

- acquire  about 10k sinus waveforms

- write them to disk (also for later reanalysis)

- run the time calibration on the recorded data

- store the clibration results in a file / database

Being not an expert, my question here is the following. Would it be easier to try to isolate the time calibration part from the DRS.cpp source code or re-write entirely the code from scratch?

Thanks.

  599   Tue Apr 11 09:41:44 2017 Stefan Rittdrs4 registers behaviour

What I do is the following: Have the RESET input unconnected. When you power up, this makes an internal reset during the power up, and that's all you need. Then configure your registers using the sequences described in the manual. Then do not touch the RESET any more.

Stefan

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Thank you Stefan for replying!
I have still the RESET issue in mind: how would you suggest to reset properly the DRS? Is there a particular procedure to follow instead of just sending a negative pulse to the RESET pin? Is it preferable to turn the DRS off and then restart?

Thanks!

Giovanni

 

Stefan Ritt wrote:

1. WRITE SHIFT register and CONFIG registers are initialized to "1" on power up, but if you want to change that, use A0-A3 etc. as you indicated.

2. If you address the READ SHIFT register by applyin "1011" to A0-A3, the input of the register is connected to SRIN. So in fig. 11, you apply 1023x"0" plus 1x"1", which effectively clears the register and keeps one "1" at the last position, so on the next rising clock this gets shifted into position #0. If you do the readout, and NOT addresing the READ SHIFT register, then the input of that register is connected to it's output internally. Therefore the single "1" keep rotating on every 1024 clock cycles.

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej Stefan! Thank you for your answer!

Just to be sure to have understood properly:
1. Using the RESET line should be avoided. And in any case, the CONFIG register and the WRITE SHIFT register need to be initialized "by hand" using the A0-A3, SRCLK and SRIN pins. Is it correct?

2. Doing the procedure shown in Figure 11 will always inject a "1" in cell #0 of the READ SHIFT register, regardless if (before starting the procedure) there was a "1" in any other cell, right?

Thank you!
Giovanni
 

Stefan Ritt wrote:

Using the RESET line to reset registers is not a good idea since it can have some bad side-effects. The READ SHIFT register is NOT affected by RESET, so you have to inititialize these registers differently. To set a "1"-value at a defined position, you have to follow figure 11 in the data sheet. Once you executed that, your "1" is always at the same posiiton (namely cell #0), so after 1024 clock cycles you arrive at the same state, and do not have to re-do fig. 11 again.

Stefan

 

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej everyone!
I have some questions regarding what happens to some DRS registers in some scenarios:
1. How are the registers affected by a RESET? According to the data sheet all the CONFIG REGISTER bits are initilialized to 1. But what about the WRITE SHIFT and the READ SHIFT registers? Are they affected somehow after a RESET has been applied?
2. Suppose the DRS is happily running and I have done some readouts in ROI mode, so that the only "1"-value bit in the READ SHIFT register is in a random position. If now I want to execute a FULL READOUT, should I use the procedure explained in the data sheet (figure 11) for the FULL READOUT mode? or is this procedure useless since my "1"-value bit is already set somewhere in the READ SHIFT register and therefore a ROI readout of 1024 cells would be the solution (and getting the initial position from the SROUT pin)?

Thanks a lot!
Have a nice day!

Giovanni

 

 

 

 

 

  598   Tue Apr 11 09:07:33 2017 Giovanni Brunidrs4 registers behaviour

Thank you Stefan for replying!
I have still the RESET issue in mind: how would you suggest to reset properly the DRS? Is there a particular procedure to follow instead of just sending a negative pulse to the RESET pin? Is it preferable to turn the DRS off and then restart?

Thanks!

Giovanni

 

Stefan Ritt wrote:

1. WRITE SHIFT register and CONFIG registers are initialized to "1" on power up, but if you want to change that, use A0-A3 etc. as you indicated.

2. If you address the READ SHIFT register by applyin "1011" to A0-A3, the input of the register is connected to SRIN. So in fig. 11, you apply 1023x"0" plus 1x"1", which effectively clears the register and keeps one "1" at the last position, so on the next rising clock this gets shifted into position #0. If you do the readout, and NOT addresing the READ SHIFT register, then the input of that register is connected to it's output internally. Therefore the single "1" keep rotating on every 1024 clock cycles.

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej Stefan! Thank you for your answer!

Just to be sure to have understood properly:
1. Using the RESET line should be avoided. And in any case, the CONFIG register and the WRITE SHIFT register need to be initialized "by hand" using the A0-A3, SRCLK and SRIN pins. Is it correct?

2. Doing the procedure shown in Figure 11 will always inject a "1" in cell #0 of the READ SHIFT register, regardless if (before starting the procedure) there was a "1" in any other cell, right?

Thank you!
Giovanni
 

Stefan Ritt wrote:

Using the RESET line to reset registers is not a good idea since it can have some bad side-effects. The READ SHIFT register is NOT affected by RESET, so you have to inititialize these registers differently. To set a "1"-value at a defined position, you have to follow figure 11 in the data sheet. Once you executed that, your "1" is always at the same posiiton (namely cell #0), so after 1024 clock cycles you arrive at the same state, and do not have to re-do fig. 11 again.

Stefan

 

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej everyone!
I have some questions regarding what happens to some DRS registers in some scenarios:
1. How are the registers affected by a RESET? According to the data sheet all the CONFIG REGISTER bits are initilialized to 1. But what about the WRITE SHIFT and the READ SHIFT registers? Are they affected somehow after a RESET has been applied?
2. Suppose the DRS is happily running and I have done some readouts in ROI mode, so that the only "1"-value bit in the READ SHIFT register is in a random position. If now I want to execute a FULL READOUT, should I use the procedure explained in the data sheet (figure 11) for the FULL READOUT mode? or is this procedure useless since my "1"-value bit is already set somewhere in the READ SHIFT register and therefore a ROI readout of 1024 cells would be the solution (and getting the initial position from the SROUT pin)?

Thanks a lot!
Have a nice day!

Giovanni

 

 

 

 

  597   Mon Apr 10 14:05:17 2017 Stefan Rittdrs4 registers behaviour

1. WRITE SHIFT register and CONFIG registers are initialized to "1" on power up, but if you want to change that, use A0-A3 etc. as you indicated.

2. If you address the READ SHIFT register by applyin "1011" to A0-A3, the input of the register is connected to SRIN. So in fig. 11, you apply 1023x"0" plus 1x"1", which effectively clears the register and keeps one "1" at the last position, so on the next rising clock this gets shifted into position #0. If you do the readout, and NOT addresing the READ SHIFT register, then the input of that register is connected to it's output internally. Therefore the single "1" keep rotating on every 1024 clock cycles.

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej Stefan! Thank you for your answer!

Just to be sure to have understood properly:
1. Using the RESET line should be avoided. And in any case, the CONFIG register and the WRITE SHIFT register need to be initialized "by hand" using the A0-A3, SRCLK and SRIN pins. Is it correct?

2. Doing the procedure shown in Figure 11 will always inject a "1" in cell #0 of the READ SHIFT register, regardless if (before starting the procedure) there was a "1" in any other cell, right?

Thank you!
Giovanni
 

Stefan Ritt wrote:

Using the RESET line to reset registers is not a good idea since it can have some bad side-effects. The READ SHIFT register is NOT affected by RESET, so you have to inititialize these registers differently. To set a "1"-value at a defined position, you have to follow figure 11 in the data sheet. Once you executed that, your "1" is always at the same posiiton (namely cell #0), so after 1024 clock cycles you arrive at the same state, and do not have to re-do fig. 11 again.

Stefan

 

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej everyone!
I have some questions regarding what happens to some DRS registers in some scenarios:
1. How are the registers affected by a RESET? According to the data sheet all the CONFIG REGISTER bits are initilialized to 1. But what about the WRITE SHIFT and the READ SHIFT registers? Are they affected somehow after a RESET has been applied?
2. Suppose the DRS is happily running and I have done some readouts in ROI mode, so that the only "1"-value bit in the READ SHIFT register is in a random position. If now I want to execute a FULL READOUT, should I use the procedure explained in the data sheet (figure 11) for the FULL READOUT mode? or is this procedure useless since my "1"-value bit is already set somewhere in the READ SHIFT register and therefore a ROI readout of 1024 cells would be the solution (and getting the initial position from the SROUT pin)?

Thanks a lot!
Have a nice day!

Giovanni

 

 

 

  596   Mon Apr 10 13:41:41 2017 Giovanni Brunidrs4 registers behaviour

Hej Stefan! Thank you for your answer!

Just to be sure to have understood properly:
1. Using the RESET line should be avoided. And in any case, the CONFIG register and the WRITE SHIFT register need to be initialized "by hand" using the A0-A3, SRCLK and SRIN pins. Is it correct?

2. Doing the procedure shown in Figure 11 will always inject a "1" in cell #0 of the READ SHIFT register, regardless if (before starting the procedure) there was a "1" in any other cell, right?

Thank you!
Giovanni
 

Stefan Ritt wrote:

Using the RESET line to reset registers is not a good idea since it can have some bad side-effects. The READ SHIFT register is NOT affected by RESET, so you have to inititialize these registers differently. To set a "1"-value at a defined position, you have to follow figure 11 in the data sheet. Once you executed that, your "1" is always at the same posiiton (namely cell #0), so after 1024 clock cycles you arrive at the same state, and do not have to re-do fig. 11 again.

Stefan

 

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej everyone!
I have some questions regarding what happens to some DRS registers in some scenarios:
1. How are the registers affected by a RESET? According to the data sheet all the CONFIG REGISTER bits are initilialized to 1. But what about the WRITE SHIFT and the READ SHIFT registers? Are they affected somehow after a RESET has been applied?
2. Suppose the DRS is happily running and I have done some readouts in ROI mode, so that the only "1"-value bit in the READ SHIFT register is in a random position. If now I want to execute a FULL READOUT, should I use the procedure explained in the data sheet (figure 11) for the FULL READOUT mode? or is this procedure useless since my "1"-value bit is already set somewhere in the READ SHIFT register and therefore a ROI readout of 1024 cells would be the solution (and getting the initial position from the SROUT pin)?

Thanks a lot!
Have a nice day!

Giovanni

 

 

  595   Mon Apr 10 10:50:57 2017 Stefan Rittdrs4 registers behaviour

Using the RESET line to reset registers is not a good idea since it can have some bad side-effects. The READ SHIFT register is NOT affected by RESET, so you have to inititialize these registers differently. To set a "1"-value at a defined position, you have to follow figure 11 in the data sheet. Once you executed that, your "1" is always at the same posiiton (namely cell #0), so after 1024 clock cycles you arrive at the same state, and do not have to re-do fig. 11 again.

Stefan

 

Giovanni Bruni wrote:

Hej everyone!
I have some questions regarding what happens to some DRS registers in some scenarios:
1. How are the registers affected by a RESET? According to the data sheet all the CONFIG REGISTER bits are initilialized to 1. But what about the WRITE SHIFT and the READ SHIFT registers? Are they affected somehow after a RESET has been applied?
2. Suppose the DRS is happily running and I have done some readouts in ROI mode, so that the only "1"-value bit in the READ SHIFT register is in a random position. If now I want to execute a FULL READOUT, should I use the procedure explained in the data sheet (figure 11) for the FULL READOUT mode? or is this procedure useless since my "1"-value bit is already set somewhere in the READ SHIFT register and therefore a ROI readout of 1024 cells would be the solution (and getting the initial position from the SROUT pin)?

Thanks a lot!
Have a nice day!

Giovanni

 

  594   Mon Apr 10 10:48:03 2017 Stefan RittDRS4 eval board v4 coincidence firmware changes for triger for short pulses

You have to download the package for your board, which then includes also the correct firmware for your board. If you have a V4 board, your firmware is in drs-4.0.2.tar.gz which you can download from Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/clqo7ekr0ysbrip/AACoWJzrQAbf3WiBJHG89bGGa?dl=0

Martin Petriska wrote:

I would like to implement fpga firmware changes for DRS4 eval board v4 to put there posibility for standard coincidence (for example to get triger on two short (5ns pulses from Plastic scintilator) in 100ns coincidence window), Similar but more complex was done for eval v.5 boards ( https://forge.physik.rwth-aachen.de/projects/drs4-rwth ) Im beginner in state of FPGA design, but hope it will be not so dificult to implement same functionality in eval4 board. Is there any SVN server with firmware sources for evaluation board? Im litle bit confused with different firmware sources in linux and windows installation packages, For example whose are last eval4 board firmware souces ? (There are some eval4 sources in  5.0.6 files, but not sure if its workable)

May be didnt make same changes already?  

 

  593   Mon Apr 10 08:50:11 2017 Giovanni Brunidrs4 registers behaviour

Hej everyone!
I have some questions regarding what happens to some DRS registers in some scenarios:
1. How are the registers affected by a RESET? According to the data sheet all the CONFIG REGISTER bits are initilialized to 1. But what about the WRITE SHIFT and the READ SHIFT registers? Are they affected somehow after a RESET has been applied?
2. Suppose the DRS is happily running and I have done some readouts in ROI mode, so that the only "1"-value bit in the READ SHIFT register is in a random position. If now I want to execute a FULL READOUT, should I use the procedure explained in the data sheet (figure 11) for the FULL READOUT mode? or is this procedure useless since my "1"-value bit is already set somewhere in the READ SHIFT register and therefore a ROI readout of 1024 cells would be the solution (and getting the initial position from the SROUT pin)?

Thanks a lot!
Have a nice day!

Giovanni

  592   Wed Apr 5 12:40:16 2017 Martin PetriskaDRS4 eval board v4 coincidence firmware changes for triger for short pulses

I would like to implement fpga firmware changes for DRS4 eval board v4 to put there posibility for standard coincidence (for example to get triger on two short (5ns pulses from Plastic scintilator) in 100ns coincidence window), Similar but more complex was done for eval v.5 boards ( https://forge.physik.rwth-aachen.de/projects/drs4-rwth ) Im beginner in state of FPGA design, but hope it will be not so dificult to implement same functionality in eval4 board. Is there any SVN server with firmware sources for evaluation board? Im litle bit confused with different firmware sources in linux and windows installation packages, For example whose are last eval4 board firmware souces ? (There are some eval4 sources in  5.0.6 files, but not sure if its workable)

May be didnt make same changes already?  

  591   Wed Apr 5 12:28:28 2017 Stefan Rittdrscl doesn't find eval board but drsosc does (Windows 7)

Two people report now this problem, while this works fine at our lab. So I'm puzzled right now.

I attach two screenshots from the device manager and the Command Line interface. Can you compare it with what you see? Which is the firmware version of your evaluaiton board?

Stefan

Jim Freeman wrote:

I cannot find the EVAL board using drscl version 5.06 while the drsosc works fine. I tried 2 different eval boards and 2 different computers and the same effect. I looked under device manager at the libusb and the drs4 was there, and checked the driver which was found to be up to date.

 

  590   Tue Mar 28 21:53:12 2017 Jim Freemandrscl doesn't find eval board but drsosc does (Windows 7)

I cannot find the EVAL board using drscl version 5.06 while the drsosc works fine. I tried 2 different eval boards and 2 different computers and the same effect. I looked under device manager at the libusb and the drs4 was there, and checked the driver which was found to be up to date.

  589   Fri Feb 24 18:35:38 2017 Stefan RittPassing parameters to drscl

This is indeed currently not implemented. But there is a simple C program drs_exam.cpp, which connects to a board and safes some data. You could modify that program to your needs.

Stefan

Tarik Zengin wrote:

Hi everyone,

I wonder if there is a way to pass parameters to drscl. What I specifically want to do is calling drscl from a shell script and read/save some data. I want to schedule a measurement. Therefore I need to call drscl from the command line using some parameters.

It would look something like this;

#!/bin/bash

for i in {0..100}

  do

    echo "Reading $i"

    ./drscl read 0 0 test.xml

    sleep 1

done

This doesn't work of course. drscl won't take arguments from the command line. Can you suggest a way to do this please?

Thank you.

 

  588   Fri Feb 24 17:34:28 2017 Tarik ZenginPassing parameters to drscl

Hi everyone,

I wonder if there is a way to pass parameters to drscl. What I specifically want to do is calling drscl from a shell script and read/save some data. I want to schedule a measurement. Therefore I need to call drscl from the command line using some parameters.

It would look something like this;

#!/bin/bash

for i in {0..100}

  do

    echo "Reading $i"

    ./drscl read 0 0 test.xml

    sleep 1

done

This doesn't work of course. drscl won't take arguments from the command line. Can you suggest a way to do this please?

Thank you.

  587   Tue Jan 31 08:40:04 2017 Stefan RittLLD and ULD discriminations,

Not inside the board. Each channel has a single discriminator. You can select to trigger on a rising or falling edge, but you don't have two levels. What you can do however is to make an external trigger, like using old NIM logic. You can make discrimaiton with different levels and use a coincidence unit to combine them. Then feed the trigger into the external trigger input of the evaluation board (5V TTL level, not NIM level!).

Stefan

VO HONG HAI wrote:
Dear Stefan, Is there any way to develop LLD and ULD discrimination in DSR-4 evaluation board? Best regards, V.H.Hai

 

  586   Tue Jan 31 01:37:35 2017 VO HONG HAILLD and ULD discriminations,
Dear Stefan, Is there any way to develop LLD and ULD discrimination in DSR-4 evaluation board? Best regards, V.H.Hai
  585   Mon Jan 30 16:37:33 2017 Stefan RittAND trigger problems

In the evaluation board we use an ADCMP601 comparator, which has a setup and hold time of 4.6 ns. So a pulse which exceeds the threshold for less than 4.6 ns will not trigger the board. If you AND two signals together, an additional constraint might apply on the coincidence pulse. This is processed in the FPGA, but once it becomes too short, it won't trigger the board as well. I never made a real measurement of that, but I would not be suprised if the coicidence signal (output of AND), needs to be at least 4-5 ns wide.

If you need more refined trigger conditions, make yourself an old-fashioned external trigger (with NIM modules for example), stretch the output to 10 ns and feed it into the external trigger input of the DRS4 board (5V CMOS logic, not NIM!).

Best,

Stefan

Danny Petschke wrote:

 Dear Stefan,

I have 2 identical pulses as a splittet signal with an amplitude of 300mV. Range is -0.5-0.5V, 5.12GSamp using the Evaluation-Board. Both signals are triggered in AND logic. One of the signals is delayed by a fixed value of 1-50ns for testing. On increasing the trigger Level from 10% to 50% of amplitude (pulse rise time is 2.5ns) pulses cannot anymore triggered above 4-5ns delay. It means there is a proportionality between the trigger level and the available range where 2 signals can be triggered in AND logic (Time-difference between 2 pulses). Do I anything misunderstand or is the time the comparator needs by higher trigger Levels for comparation longer than the 200ns at 5.12GSamp?

Board was timing and voltage calibrated before.

Thx

Danny

 

  584   Sat Jan 28 14:11:58 2017 Danny PetschkeAND trigger problems

 Dear Stefan,

I have 2 identical pulses as a splittet signal with an amplitude of 300mV. Range is -0.5-0.5V, 5.12GSamp using the Evaluation-Board. Both signals are triggered in AND logic. One of the signals is delayed by a fixed value of 1-50ns for testing. On increasing the trigger Level from 10% to 50% of amplitude (pulse rise time is 2.5ns) pulses cannot anymore triggered above 4-5ns delay. It means there is a proportionality between the trigger level and the available range where 2 signals can be triggered in AND logic (Time-difference between 2 pulses). Do I anything misunderstand or is the time the comparator needs by higher trigger Levels for comparation longer than the 200ns at 5.12GSamp?

Board was timing and voltage calibrated before.

Thx

Danny

  583   Fri Jan 13 13:50:10 2017 Stefan RittDRS software doesn't work under Windows XP SP3

Can you try that executable under XP: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j1n09afhbmh0zzu/drsosc.exe?dl=0

Gregor Kramberger wrote:

Hi all

I have a problem with running the DRSOSC under windows XP SP3. We have some hardware which is not supported under newer versions of windows and we would like to use DRS boards along it, therefore we would higly appreciated any help in that direction. We have installed the software (V 5.03) to two different XP machines and got the same problem. The driver installs without any problem, but when the drsosc is run the system says " drsosc.exe is not a valid Win32 application". We have developed our own API for our software which also doesn't recognize the board. It says on the www page that it has been tested for windows XP, but I would appreciate if you can verify it? With best regards and thanks...

 

  582   Fri Jan 13 13:16:09 2017 Stefan RittDRS software doesn't work under Windows XP SP3

The error probably comes from the fact that the drsosc.exe application is a 64-bit application and cannot be executed under XP any more. Unfortunately XP is forbidden at our institute for security reasons, so I have no machine around where I could compile the executable fro XP. Another problem is the libusb library used by drsosc.exe. Not sure if there is a XP version available any more. Have a look yourself at http://www.libusb.org/wiki/windows_backend 

I only see two possibilities for you: 1) Try to compile the program under Windows XP yourself, either with MS Visual Studio or with MinGW (http://www.mingw.org/). 2) Set up a virtual machine on your PC (for example with Virtualbox), and install either a newer version of Windows or a Linux distribution. The Linux excutable can then be compiled directly from sources as written in the documentation.

Stefan

Gregor Kramberger wrote:

Hi all

I have a problem with running the DRSOSC under windows XP SP3. We have some hardware which is not supported under newer versions of windows and we would like to use DRS boards along it, therefore we would higly appreciated any help in that direction. We have installed the software (V 5.03) to two different XP machines and got the same problem. The driver installs without any problem, but when the drsosc is run the system says " drsosc.exe is not a valid Win32 application". We have developed our own API for our software which also doesn't recognize the board. It says on the www page that it has been tested for windows XP, but I would appreciate if you can verify it? With best regards and thanks...

 

  581   Fri Jan 13 12:58:22 2017 Gregor KrambergerDRS software doesn't work under Windows XP SP3

Hi all

I have a problem with running the DRSOSC under windows XP SP3. We have some hardware which is not supported under newer versions of windows and we would like to use DRS boards along it, therefore we would higly appreciated any help in that direction. We have installed the software (V 5.03) to two different XP machines and got the same problem. The driver installs without any problem, but when the drsosc is run the system says " drsosc.exe is not a valid Win32 application". We have developed our own API for our software which also doesn't recognize the board. It says on the www page that it has been tested for windows XP, but I would appreciate if you can verify it? With best regards and thanks...

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